You are probably aware that there is a big difference between nice drunks and nasty drunks. However, this designation does not apply just to human beings. It applies to wasps as well. Yes, you did read that correctly. The summertime pest with the huge potential for being problematic can become even more so during late summer and early autumn. The problem is that these insects can get 'drunk' in an insect sort of way.
A recent article published in the Evening Telegraph explains how it works. Apparently, workers are very busy during the spring and early summer providing the nectar queens demand for a productive nest. However, once their assigned task is complete, workers suddenly find they have nothing to do. Rather than continuing to service the queen, they overindulge in the sugary substances previously used to make nectar. This results in a certain level of intoxication.
The drunken wasps tend to be a bit more aggressive than their sober counterparts are. What's more, their aggression can be triggered without provocation. You could be in your garden, minding your own business, when a drunken wasp flies in from nowhere and stings you. Even more serious is the threat of swarms of drunken wasps attacking all at once. There have been some pretty serious situations in summers past.
The problem is severe enough that the British Red Cross issues regular reminders every year. The highest risk runs from late summer through early winter, as older wasps have nothing to do to keep themselves busy. Your best protection is to simply be aware of your surroundings whenever you are outside. When you do spot a wasp, stay away.
Drunken wasps are a problem all across the UK, including our service areas of Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, and the rest of south-central England. Let our pest control services handle any wasp problems on your property. Our trained technicians have the knowledge and tools needed to terminate a nest safely and without incident.
Pest Control Services are wasp specialists based near Newbury in Berkshire. We also handle other summertime pests including hornets, bees, flies, bed bugs, cockroaches, rats, and mice. We offer both one-off treatments and comprehensive pest control management plans to fit nearly any need and budget.
Please do not attempt to handle a wasp infestation on your own. Wasps can be very aggressive and dangerous. What's more, it is not uncommon to think you have successfully treated your problem only to discover there are more nests located elsewhere on your property. It can be a never-ending problem if you do not know what you are doing.
For thorough wasp termination, Pest Control Services of Berkshire is your best bet. We are a family-owned business that takes great pride in what we do. We promise to take care of your wasp problem entirely while also answering your questions and teaching you a little bit about pest insecticides. When all is said and done, you will not have to worry about wasps, whether drunk or otherwise. We cover all of Berkshire, most of east Wiltshire, south Oxfordshire, and north Hampshire.
1. Evening Telegraph – http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/dundee/beware-of-dundee-s-drunk-wasps-1.488810
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